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26th Jan '18 7:18:35 PM nombretomado
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When duo songwriters Julia Houston ([[Series/WillAndGrace Debra Messing]]) and Tom Levitt ([[Theatre/LegallyBlonde Christian Borle]]), director Derek Wills ([[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Davenport]]), and producer Eileen Rand (Creator/AnjelicaHuston) put on a Broadway musical based on the life of MarilynMonroe, small town girl Karen Cartwright ([[Series/AmericanIdol Katharine [=McPhee=]]]) and veteran actress Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) audition for the star role. But things won't be easy when both women are favored for the role and must compete for it.

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When duo songwriters Julia Houston ([[Series/WillAndGrace Debra Messing]]) and Tom Levitt ([[Theatre/LegallyBlonde Christian Borle]]), director Derek Wills ([[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Davenport]]), and producer Eileen Rand (Creator/AnjelicaHuston) put on a Broadway musical based on the life of MarilynMonroe, Creator/MarilynMonroe, small town girl Karen Cartwright ([[Series/AmericanIdol Katharine [=McPhee=]]]) and veteran actress Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) audition for the star role. But things won't be easy when both women are favored for the role and must compete for it.



* FanService: Both [[BuxomIsBetter Megan Hilty]] and [[ShesGotLegs Katharine "[=McPheever=]" [=McPhee=] ]] supply plenty of this even when not playing MarilynMonroe (where it kind of comes with the territory).

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* FanService: Both [[BuxomIsBetter Megan Hilty]] and [[ShesGotLegs Katharine "[=McPheever=]" [=McPhee=] ]] supply plenty of this even when not playing MarilynMonroe Creator/MarilynMonroe (where it kind of comes with the territory).
24th Jan '18 4:31:47 AM Cryoclaste
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* SpecialGuest: NickJonas as Lyle West in "The Cost of Art".

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* SpecialGuest: NickJonas Creator/NickJonas as Lyle West in "The Cost of Art".
25th Jul '17 11:26:06 AM td1989
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Veronica Moore, a broadway star, is introduced in the second season and inexplicably disappears after the fourth episode.
9th Jun '17 3:49:46 PM nombretomado
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When duo songwriters Julia Houston ([[WillAndGrace Debra Messing]]) and Tom Levitt ([[Theatre/LegallyBlonde Christian Borle]]), director Derek Wills ([[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Davenport]]), and producer Eileen Rand (Creator/AnjelicaHuston) put on a Broadway musical based on the life of MarilynMonroe, small town girl Karen Cartwright ([[Series/AmericanIdol Katharine [=McPhee=]]]) and veteran actress Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) audition for the star role. But things won't be easy when both women are favored for the role and must compete for it.

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When duo songwriters Julia Houston ([[WillAndGrace ([[Series/WillAndGrace Debra Messing]]) and Tom Levitt ([[Theatre/LegallyBlonde Christian Borle]]), director Derek Wills ([[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Davenport]]), and producer Eileen Rand (Creator/AnjelicaHuston) put on a Broadway musical based on the life of MarilynMonroe, small town girl Karen Cartwright ([[Series/AmericanIdol Katharine [=McPhee=]]]) and veteran actress Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) audition for the star role. But things won't be easy when both women are favored for the role and must compete for it.



* PlatonicLifePartners: Tom and [[WillAndGrace Julia]]. Observe the automatic, synchronised leg-crossing in [[EstablishingCharacterMoment their first scene in the pilot.]]

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* PlatonicLifePartners: Tom and [[WillAndGrace [[Series/WillAndGrace Julia]]. Observe the automatic, synchronised leg-crossing in [[EstablishingCharacterMoment their first scene in the pilot.]]
16th May '17 7:06:00 PM nombretomado
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* DawsonCasting: In-universe, when Rebecca Duvall comes on board - it's noted that she's several years older than Marilyn Monroe was when she committed suicide (as is UmaThurman, who plays Rebecca).

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* DawsonCasting: In-universe, when Rebecca Duvall comes on board - it's noted that she's several years older than Marilyn Monroe was when she committed suicide (as is UmaThurman, Creator/UmaThurman, who plays Rebecca).



** UmaThurman. This example was particularly noticeable, as she only appeared in the last minute or so of the first episode she was credited for.

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** UmaThurman.Creator/UmaThurman. This example was particularly noticeable, as she only appeared in the last minute or so of the first episode she was credited for.
29th Oct '16 3:46:29 PM nombretomado
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A 2012-13 musical drama on Creator/{{NBC}} from executive producer Creator/StevenSpielberg and the producers of ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' and ''{{Hairspray}}''.

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A 2012-13 musical drama on Creator/{{NBC}} from executive producer Creator/StevenSpielberg and the producers of ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' and ''{{Hairspray}}''.
''Film/{{Hairspray}}''.
6th Oct '16 8:07:14 AM erforce
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When duo songwriters Julia Houston ([[WillAndGrace Debra Messing]]) and Tom Levitt ([[Theatre/LegallyBlonde Christian Borle]]), director Derek Wills ([[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Davenport]]), and producer Eileen Rand (Creator/AnjelicaHuston) put on a Broadway musical based on the life of MarilynMonroe, small town girl Karen Cartwright ([[Series/AmericanIdol Katharine [=McPhee=]]]) and veteran actress Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) audition for the star role. But things won't be easy when both women are favored for the role and must compete for it.

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When duo songwriters Julia Houston ([[WillAndGrace Debra Messing]]) and Tom Levitt ([[Theatre/LegallyBlonde Christian Borle]]), director Derek Wills ([[PiratesOfTheCaribbean ([[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Davenport]]), and producer Eileen Rand (Creator/AnjelicaHuston) put on a Broadway musical based on the life of MarilynMonroe, small town girl Karen Cartwright ([[Series/AmericanIdol Katharine [=McPhee=]]]) and veteran actress Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) audition for the star role. But things won't be easy when both women are favored for the role and must compete for it.
1st Oct '16 9:46:41 PM arnoldmcguire335
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* BillingDisplacement: Debra Messing is top billed, but the show's real stars are Katharine [=McPhee=] and Megan Hilty. Even the ''poster'' thinks so (witness their positioning).
** Additionally, in NBC promos for the show before it aired, "Academy Award Winner Angelica Huston" was often second billed, right after Debra Messing (as she is on the poster above), although a number of other characters are more prominently featured than Ms. Huston's.
*** Incidentally, although the poster gives Megan Hilty and Katharine [=McPhee=] a joint "And Introducing" credit, the series itself doesn't.



* TheCastShowoff: Justified because the show is about musicals. However, in "Enter Mr. [=DiMaggio=]" Katharine [=McPhee=] seems to sing at the karaoke place just because.
** Pretty much the entire reason NickJonas sings when he guest stars in "The Cost Of Art". No real reason is given for him to be playing and singing, but hey, it's Nick Jonas, so why not?



* RealitySubtext:
** The adoption subplot in the first season came from Rebeck's own life.
** Happens in-universe several times.
*** Ivy, like Marilyn Monroe, is an up and coming actress who wants to be a star, and she also has problems with prescription drugs and her mother.
*** Also happens when Michael and Julia are doing a run through of the scene before "Lexington and 52nd" when Michael goes off script. They improv the next few lines, and thus the dialogue that makes it into the play seems to apply exactly to their situation.
*** Julia is consoling Frank [[spoiler: who is afraid he can't trust her after her affair with Michael, even if he wants to]] by telling him that "the good is bigger than the bad". This gives her the inspiration she needs to complete the lyrics to the final song.



* {{Defictionalization}}: The cabaret club 54 Below staged ''Hit List'' for several shows, featuring Andy Mientus, Jeremy Jordan, and Krysta Rodriguez reprising the roles they had in the show.
24th Nov '15 10:38:32 AM Morgenthaler
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When duo songwriters Julia Houston ([[WillAndGrace Debra Messing]]) and Tom Levitt ([[Theatre/LegallyBlonde Christian Borle]]), director Derek Wills ([[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Davenport]]), and producer Eileen Rand (Creator/AnjelicaHuston) put on a Broadway musical based on the life of MarilynMonroe, small town girl Karen Cartwright ([[Series/AmericanIdol Katharine [=McPhee=]]]) and veteran actress Ivy Lynn ([[Theatre/{{Wicked}} Megan]] [[NineToFive Hilty]]) audition for the star role. But things won't be easy when both women are favored for the role and must compete for it.

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When duo songwriters Julia Houston ([[WillAndGrace Debra Messing]]) and Tom Levitt ([[Theatre/LegallyBlonde Christian Borle]]), director Derek Wills ([[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Davenport]]), and producer Eileen Rand (Creator/AnjelicaHuston) put on a Broadway musical based on the life of MarilynMonroe, small town girl Karen Cartwright ([[Series/AmericanIdol Katharine [=McPhee=]]]) and veteran actress Ivy Lynn ([[Theatre/{{Wicked}} Megan]] [[NineToFive Hilty]]) (Megan Hilty) audition for the star role. But things won't be easy when both women are favored for the role and must compete for it.
22nd Nov '15 5:58:29 PM MikeW
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* ItsAllAboutMe: With so many egos, it's no surprise this happens a lot, such as Ivy acting like any problem with the show is a personal attack on her.
** Most notable is how Ellis honestly seems to think that if not for his comment on Marilyn Monroe back in the pilot, the musical would not exist and insists on being made a producer, oblivious to his utter lack of experience.
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